Review: Kaidomain 5-mode XM-L U2

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visigoth
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Please do!  It's too late for me to back out -- I ordered it this afternoon -- but I suspect it will be a month or so before I actually get to test it.

(I'm following in your footsteps, by the way, as an increasingly wild-eyed Solarforce convert.)

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The one thing I've come to love about that old U2 is the tint.  Everybody's taste is different but I like a clean white and my U2 has that with what appears to be a touch of blue near the edge of the flood.

Kind of hard to explain but I really like the tint.

 

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visigoth wrote:

If this is the same drop-in (looks like it), then it's suddenly a huge bargain:

http://www.kaidomain.com/product/details.S009990

$11.84

 

I noticed that, too, and figured I should pick one up. I fried my last U2 Laughing

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You know what . . . you guys are awesome.  I just ordered two of these guys.  That's a killer deal.  It'll be fun to see how these compare with the old one.

 

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How does it compare with XML-T6? 

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It doesn't seem hardly brighter than a T6 to my eyes but others say it is.  What I like about the one I got was the tint.  I'm thinking of having E1320 put a 980L driver under that bad boy and see what it'll do at 3.5+ amps.

 

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Yeah ill be getting me few of these soon after my aspherics are in hand. But be honest didnt we all want to see the beam shot of the light lay in the bottom of the pool?

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FlashPilot wrote:

Mouse cursor off the pic is the 3-mode Ultra Fire XM-L from Manafont. (Magic kitty in foreground)

Mouse cursor on the pic is 5-mode U2 XM-L from Kaidomain with a smooth reflector. (Magic kitty teleported to background)

It does look brighter with a nice white tint... which I prefer. Great review Foy!

To me, it's no brighter, but "seemingly brighter" due to the blue-white light. The fact that one is neutral bordering on warm alone, would suggest that it will not put out as many lumens as a cool white will. Cool whites are always the "brightest", but also there's something scientific about how the human eye reacts to different bands of light. (I'm just not smart enough to put in into the proper words).  To me the cool white, with the blue edge is distasteful. Bright yes, but it bothers my eyes. I prefer the neutral beam much more and in reality, the percieved brightness difference is insignificant.

Foy thanks for putting up this review. Comparison beamshots like yours help the individual decide which they like. To me it's neutral white on the verge of warm, not warm or cool white, that's best.

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I wonder which one the Foy prefers now, KD or MF. I put my money on MF.^^

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Yes, I prefer the one from Manafont.

I gotta say O-L, that mouse-over does indeed show the U2 being a bit brighter.  It may be the tint messing with me but to my old eyes, the two trees to the left of my cactus plant and the house behind them are more illuminated.  Also, the U2 seems to have more flood.

What I think the problem is; too many vaiables in Foy's beam shot protocols.  I must have got lucky with flashlight placement/aiming with these two and if memory serves me, that drop-in came with two reflectors?  An OP and an SMO.  Maybe the 2nd mouse-over is the OP.

Whoever said beam shots were easy hasn't tried it.  I wonder how hard it would be to do some kind of drop-in shoot-out.  I have a few of those new XM-Ls from IO due here any day so . . . .

 

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so far im loving my KD u2 xml drop ins for the price. i ordered 3 and all 3 tints are different. one is pure white and one has blue hues and one has purple hues. im gifting the colored tints. 

i just wanted to update everyone that KD now has 3 mode u2's! im ordering some myself. hope they are driven hard.

*edit* they do have 3 mode u2's but its high-med-strobe =/

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